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About Fat Canary

This high-energy bistro took over as Williamsburg's best restaurant as soon as it opened in 2003. The sophisticated but relaxed dining room has an open kitchen, which uses fresh, local ingredients for its creative American fare. The dining bar and seasonal outdoor patio seating are on a first come basis. Reservations for the dining room are recommended and may be made up to 2 months in advance. Open daily for dinner, a hostess is available during the day to take reservations.

410 West Duke of Gloucester St
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - close. During January & February closed on Mondays.
Closed on New Year's Day, Super Bowl Sunday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

Cross Street:
Between Henry and Boundary Sts

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(757) 229-3333

Website:
http://fatcanarywilliamsburg.com/

Executive Chef:
Tom Power

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Fat Canary Ratings and Reviews

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4.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.9

service

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (99)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Creative Cuisine (74)
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Good for a Date (70)
Fit for Foodies (65)
Good for Birthdays (61)
Romantic (57)
Worth the Drive (51)
Notable Wine List (50)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
Bar Seating (37)
Local Ingredients (35)
Cozy (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (28)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Seasonal (21)
Business Meals (20)
Authentic (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Healthy (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Comfort Food (5)
People Watching (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined a day ago

Our experience at Fat Canary was amazing! Our waiter was very attentive and the food was outstanding! My King Salmon dish was great! I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

This was out first visit to the Fat Canary and it did not disappoint. Both of us had the special entre of the night which was excellent. Service was friendly and attentive but also well paced. Nice draft IPA. Perhaps the only thing that could be improved would be to offer another option for dessert such as a fruit pie.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Richmond)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food. Our waiter, William, was terrific!

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Great staff and the food was very good! Great wine selection!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

The service was excellent. Our server was very knowledgeable in the vegan options. She was helpful in ordering, as we are just starting this vegan journey. The food was tremendous. Very flavorful with just the right spices. We were on vacation, and was looking for a classy restaurant that was affordable. The Fat Canary was one on the best dining experiences we have ever had. THANK YOU

Tags: Vegan
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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

From start to finish and it was an absolute pleasure. Phenomenal wine list, outstanding food and we loved the ambiance. When I booked through open table I said it was my mother’s birthday. When we arrived (early) were graciously seated. The server gave my mother a custom menu with her name on it and hand written notes from the staff wishing her a happy birthday. I highly recommend their oyster and ahi appetizer. The scallop entree was huge and pared very well with their bottle of Jordan cab. This had been my third time to the restaurant and each time is better than the last. I love going to a restaurant that puts time and effort into their food. Even on a Tuesday it was a packed out. Thank you Fat Canary for an excellent job well done. I will be back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined 6 days ago

We received excellent attention from our waiter the entire evening. The food and wine provided an enjoyable treat for our early Valentine's dinner. We left with a smile on our face!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Fat Canary remains consistently excellent in it's service and it's food. The entrees are creative and always delicious. and the deserts are wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic setting, service, and cuisine. Perfect place for a date night. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Our first stop on our annual trek to Florida from PA and our most anticipated. We absolutely love this place, not only for the food but the ambiance as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent restaurant with great atmosphere. I would highly recommend for a special occasion or for just a night with a lovely meal

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 8, 2018

A superb dining experience. Marvelous food, inventive menu. Super service. Wonderful way to spend an evening. So accommodating.

Tags: Organic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful selections. Had the fish. Cooked beautifully

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Have been here many times and it continues to excel with GREAT food! Was celebrating Birthday and as usual they give that person a signed personalized menu to take home. We had the tuna tempura followed by salad then an awesome sea scallops dish! Dessert was the crepes that were light with wonderful side compliments. Highly recommend for a special occasion as you will feel special!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Simply fabulous

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Always great!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Amazing food and outstanding service. Definitely recommend. We will be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wow! Absolutely exceeded our expectations in every possibly way. From reservations on the phone with Lynn (who was delightful!) to the amazing staff that put together a special customized menu for us (we were in the area adopting a puppy of all things!) everything was amazing. Awesome atmosphere, fantastic service and delicious food. Just an exceptionally great place!! We’ll be back for sure!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on February 1, 2018

One of the best restaurants in Williamsburg, conveniently located on Merchant's Square. Been going there for years and the food and service never fail to be excellent. Unfortunately, like several other high-end eateries in town, it's very noisy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wine was excellent! Food was not exceptional. My husband had the rock fish and he said it was just okay. I had scallops that were delicious!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My wife and I came to celebrate her birthday and the experience was outstanding. They made it a very special event. Highly recommended.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Had dinner at the bar and fantastic nite of dinner and drinks while experiencing great conversation w bartenders Craig & David. (Hope I got the names straight)
Will be back soon!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We can’t say enough good things about the fat canary. Our waitress shantel (spelling?) was phenomenal. She was personable and sweet and gave us exactly the amount of attention we appreciate…not hovering but we always had everything we needed immediately. The food was amazing and so well plated. The onion soup was a highlight, as was the chocolate mousse triangle. The wine list was great. The Malbec we had went perfectly with all four meals. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Wilmington)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Williamsburg! Staff is friendly and professional. Atmosphere is warm and cozy. Wine list is thoughtful and designed to pair with the food. Love eating at the bar but the dining room is also lovely with very comfortable chairs and banquette seating. The food is superb, and Chef Tom Power is an artisan who highlights the best the season and local farmers and foragers have to offer.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The service here is always terrific and the food is to die for. We try to eat here every time we're in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Our third time there when visiting Williamsburg and the service and food is always consistently excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always wonderful food!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Outstanding! The meal was excellent - fried oyster were to kill for, salmon was terrific, grouper special was fabulous, scallops were superb! The martinis were great, the wine was great. The best part was our server - William - and the busser -Cat - they were superb! They were attentive, they were entertaining, and they were great people! You can serve a good meal okay and it is an okay meal. You can serve an okay meal very well and it is great. When you get a great meal served by outstanding servers and bussers.....you have one outstanding evening!!! Outstanding job Fat Canary! We’ll be back soon - not a threat, but a promise!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Fat Canary never disappoints! Great food, well prepared and professionally served.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Absolutely amazing! They never fail to impress us with their ability to make food melt in our mouths. Thank you for another special night celebrated well

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is ALWAYS consistently great!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We had dinner for our wedding anniversary and it was FANTASTIC. The service was great and the food was amazing.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Delicious meal, from appetizers through chocolate mouse 'triangle'. Service was excellent. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasion.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The food was great and we had a wonderful server, very engaging and professional and attentive. Nice ambiance.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

WOW. Wonderful. We will be back...again

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The staff was accommodating and friendly. The food was AMAZING. Would recommend to friends and family. Worth the price!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Pricey, but you get what you pay for. High quality ingredients on a unique menu. Great for a special occasion dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service was fantastic. Food was delicious. You can’t go wrong dining here. Celebrated my wife’s birthday and the entire staff signed my wife’s menu. Nice touch!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Best meal in a long time.
Besides a large loud party that came in, it was wonderful.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Always enjoy coming to the Fat Canary. Food and service consistently good. Great bar scene.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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